How Big is the Sky?

The JetHead Blog

cockpit panoThe cockpit is a solemn place in the pregnant pause between preflight and pushback. Always, like a deserted island where everything’s already been said: checklists done, preflight complete, systems verified, amen. Plenty more details and decision points ahead, but nothing to worry about now, because the litany of procedures, numbers, actions, maneuvers and control inputs are etched in your mind like an inscription in granite. Thinking about the details is unneeded; knowing what’s to come and when is like running a hand over the inscription without reading the words–and that’s enough for now.

“You have a visitor,” the number one flight attendant breaks the reverie, ushering a school-aged boy into the cockpit. He looked to be maybe seven . . . eight? Dutifully wide-eyed behind thick glasses, a woman–must be his mom–hovering behind.

“C’mon in,” you say. “Are you the new copilot?” You jerk a thumb toward the F/O. “Because…

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4 responses to “How Big is the Sky?

  1. Bill Brandt

    It was beautifully written.

  2. Bill Brandt

    I was noticing – as an aside – that American Airlines has gone to an exterior scheme similar to the early 1960s – with their logo and calling the jet the “Astroliner”

    Chris seems like a good guy

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